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    07-23-2012, 01:44 AM
  #11
Yearling
Well all I have is my endurance saddle, and some western saddles that currently don't fit hunny. This is a lady that competes at the grand prix level. I am kind of scared and want to make a good first impression....AHHHH! (mini freak out session)
     
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    07-23-2012, 01:53 AM
  #12
Yearling
The endurance saddle SHOULD work...as long as it lines you up heel, hip, shoulder, ear...or pretty close...any chance the instructor has any English saddles (dressage or AP?)/that you could try on Hunny and see if any fit her? Just a thought. Communicate your fears/concerns. If you can't talk to her openly, she may not be a great trainer for you, unfortunately...Give it a try!
Best to you!!! B2H :0)
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    07-23-2012, 03:33 AM
  #13
Yearling
I am in email correspondance with her at the moment, and have told her that all I have that fits hunny currently is my endurance saddle so we will see what she replies.
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    07-23-2012, 08:30 AM
  #14
Yearling
The key thing is that it fits you and the horse, and doesn't put you into some kind of weird position. You want to be able to sit more upright than you would usually do in a jumping saddle, but the endurance saddle ought to work.

I don't know whether this is anything that would work for you, but I wanted to throw it out there just in case...I board my horse, and my barn has got a couple of non-horse-owing high-quality lesson students. They're people who are working for lessons, in some cases, in other cases, they're people who have had horses before but don't now because their pockets or schedules won't allow for it. I've met several of them, and checked for myself that they're good riders, and good people, and my horse likes them...so when I need to go away for a week or so, I let my trainer use my horse to give those people lessons on. It's a very short list, and she doesn't put anyone up on my horse that I haven't already approved. But it's a really good setup, because my horse gets exercised, my trainer gets the use of a high-end horse for her advanced students, the students get to ride something other than a schoolmaster, and I get some free training for him. I know it's not for everyone, and I would have been pretty reluctant to entertain the thought of Other People riding my boy, but it's been working out incredibly well.
     
    07-23-2012, 08:54 AM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by cowgirl928    
i am in email correspondance with her at the moment, and have told her that all I have that fits hunny currently is my endurance saddle so we will see what she replies.
I bet she will work with you, whatever it takes (if she is SMART she will, anyway!! Good instructors/trainers DO that job (as you no doubt already know, but I am going to blab anyway! ) because they LIKE to teach and educate people AND horses, AND usually these days are not really snobby or pretentious, because people just don't respond well to that...So...II hope she will turn out to just have the best interest of her student/s-to-be (You/and Hunny!) in mind and not worry too much about equipment so long as it fits and work at teaching the basics/building blocks!

You are going to have so much FUN! Enjoy, lady!
     
    07-23-2012, 09:38 AM
  #16
Yearling
Thursday- I would have someone else ride her but she's gaited and no one at my stable knows how to ride gaited. The stable that I board at is not the stable we will be going to for lessons.

The stable where Hunny is boarded consists of a bunch of people refusing to believe that
1. Horses have to be fit for saddles
2. Collection means nothing to them
3. They believe gaited horses are useless

So I will not have her ridden while I am gone because I won't be able to trust any of them with her. Plus it's so doggone cold here during the winter that riding outside is stupid and in many cases dangerous. Lessons are inside though!

B2H- I honestly don't know what to expect. I have been to 4-H meetings as a teen when I was in high school but besides that I have never been to an official lesson. Plus 4-H sucked because my leader only had eyes for her daughter and the 2 kids down the road. The rest of us that didn't have expensive registered horses were ignored.
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    07-23-2012, 10:05 AM
  #17
Weanling
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Originally Posted by cowgirl928    
B2H- I honestly don't know what to expect. I have been to 4-H meetings as a teen when I was in high school but besides that I have never been to an official lesson. Plus 4-H sucked because my leader only had eyes for her daughter and the 2 kids down the road. The rest of us that didn't have expensive registered horses were ignored.
That was my 4H experience too. I stuck it out for one year, after that I quit.

Keep us posted how the first lesson goes! I hope it goes well. Does this instructor have experience with gaited horses?
     
    07-23-2012, 10:21 AM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by cowgirl928    
The stable where Hunny is boarded consists of a bunch of people refusing to believe that
1. Horses have to be fit for saddles
2. Collection means nothing to them
3. They believe gaited horses are useless
OMG. Can't blame you for not wanting anyone else to be on her. My barn is not big (there are between 15-20 horses there, depending on how many are there for training). And it's not a big Show Barn - there's a small show team, virtually all of them school-girls. But we are STILL on the regional saddle fitter's list of places to go when he's up at the huge annual 3-day event three towns away, and he usually spends a day at the barn.

All of the school-girls rider hunter-jumper, most of the adults in the lesson program ride dressage, but EVERYONE understands about collection even if they don't get it from the horse (I don't because Huey isn't ready for it yet). The emergency backup riders I have are good enough to get him on the bit at the canter and keep it through his down transition, which I'm not able to do (yet).

I already love my barn, and the BO treats my boy like he's one of her own, but it's great to hear this kind of thing...makes me appreciate the barn even more.

Have fun with your lesson! If I were in your shoes, I'd be expecting the trainer to just spend some time watching me ride and watching my horse move and evaluating where we're both "at" - so don't be too disappointed if you don't do a lot of "learning" at the first lesson. A good trainer will assess you and the horse as individuals and as a team, and then put together a personalized instruction for you.

Dressage is a great thing to learn - it is great for keeping your horse supple and balanced and fit - good for his (or her) joints...and it's great for the horse/rider communication. I think it would be a terrific investment for any rider!
     
    07-23-2012, 11:18 AM
  #19
Weanling
Dont need a dressage saddle to do dressage. As long as your a/p or jumping saddle doesnt push you into a two point that you have to fight all the time, you will be fine. I practice dressage in an a/p saddle. And I trail ride in the dressage saddles lol! For the basics you will be fine. :) Have fun!
     
    07-23-2012, 11:32 AM
  #20
Weanling
Totally missed the second page on my mobile...

Gaited dressage is very up and coming, and growing increasingly popular. My barn owner and trainer in North MS are trying to teach one of my BO's TWH's to do gaited dressage. The rules and movements are pretty much the same, you just have gaits to replace the trot. Supposedly, gaited and non gaited are to be able to be judged at the same events by the same people, because they are the same tests. One just gaits and the other trots.

I have some gaited dressage pdf's on my mobile and I will try to upload them.
     

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